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Thai PM's supporters head for huge Bangkok rally, rule out violence

Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:19 PM
 
Pro-government Thai Red Shirt supporters shout slogans as they attend the camp of "Democracy Protection Volunteers" in Udon Thani province, north-eastern Thailand on Apri 3, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Thai government supporters are expected to descend on Bangkok this weekend in a symbolic show of force after months of sometimes violent protests aimed at bringing down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Hundreds of thousands of Thai government supporters are expected to descend on Bangkok this weekend in a symbolic show of force after months of sometimes violent protests aimed at bringing down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The speed at which political opponents are bringing court cases against Yingluck appears to have prompted her supporters into action, raising fears of a confrontation between the two sides.

Tens of thousands of Yingluck's "red shirt" supporters rallied at a Bangkok stadium in November to counter growing anti-government sentiment but abruptly disbanded the following month after violent clashes with anti-government protesters left five people dead and scores wounded.

Authorities said they were not expecting violence this time.

 
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